Rosary Bead Tattoo Ideas, Designs, and Meanings

Ideas for a rosary tattoo
Ideas for a rosary tattoo | Source

Rosary tattoos are popular with both men and women and are usually very symbolic to those who wear it as body art, though different people choose the design for different reasons. In this article, we will discuss designs and meanings of rosary tattoos. In the end, hopefully you will be able to find inspiration and ideas for your next tattoo venture.

So What Is a Rosary?

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Most of us have heard of a rosary or seen one at some point and time. For those who haven't, the rosary is a beaded necklace that is used during prayers, especially in the Catholic Church.

The traditional rosary is made out of five sets of ten beads (known as a decade) and a cross. The rosary is a basic system that is used to count how many prayers are said. Each bead represents one prayer and each decade is used to meditate on one mystery. The string of beads on the rosary is also called a "chaplet." Although the rosary is usually used for praying, some also use it to keep away demons.

The rosary has also been linked to Protestantism, but it is more closely associated with Catholicism. Even today, the rosary is considered a sacred symbol of the Catholic Church.

Does It Have Anything to Do With Roses?

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In short, yes. The rosary is commonly associated with the rose for a few different reasons, which is why you will see tattoos that incorporate both. The Latin word for rosary is rosarium, which means "garland of roses." Roses have often been used to symbolize the Virgin Mary, and they have sometimes represented Jesus and his crown of thorns. Traditional rosary beads used to be made out of ground up rose petals.

Many People Feel Strongly About the Symbol

Just to note: To certain religions, the rosary is a very important symbol. A tattoo of one will not be viewed in the same manner as another Bible-related tattoo, such as an angel or cross. The rosary is considered to be much more sacred symbol. Many Catholics and other religious members may feel that a rosary tattoo is a symbol of disrespect and disregard to their religion. This is not to deter you from your rosary tattoo in any way. It is just worth noting.

Where on the Body Is It Most Commonly Tattooed?

Rosary tatted around the neck
Rosary tatted around the neck | Source

Rosaries can be tattooed nearly anywhere on the body. You will commonly see them inked around the neck or on ankles, legs, wrist, and arms. Men usually wear their rosary tattoos around the neck, mimicking the way it is traditionally worn. Women often sport theirs around the ankles, though, again, they can be placed anywhere.

Commonly Associated Symbols

Tattoo of praying hands with a rosary
Tattoo of praying hands with a rosary | Source

As mentioned before, rosary tattoos often incorporate roses. However, there are other common symbols to add to the design, including the cross, angels, hearts, and wings.

One of the most common designs feature praying hands holding the rosary, with the beads usually wrapped around the hands or falling between the fingers. This tattoo can symbolize your faith in and love for your religion. The design is also used as a memorial or R.I.P tattoo—a dedication to those whom we have lost.

Important Things to Consider

There are some important things that you should remember before you get this tattoo. The rosary is considered a sacred symbol. Certain religious people may find your rosary tattoo disrespectful. Be prepared for it.

As with all tattoos, be sure to do your own research. Make sure that you take the time to fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. Remember, you will wear it for the rest of your life.

Don't rush to get inked! Never get a tattoo on an impulse. Men and women who rush to get inked usually have regrets later on down the road. You don't want this. Make sure you take your time, do your research, and choose a design that you are sure to like. If your not sure, be sure to wait until you are. Also, make sure you take the time to view a variety of different tattoo designs before you make your decision. The more you look at, the more options you will have. This will also help give you ideas and a little inspiration. In the end, just make sure it is what you want.

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

The rosary tattoo is very beautiful and unique. It must be painful right? Voted up nice.


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Kishen Gobin 4 years ago

tattoos arent painful they just look that way.........its actually like a constant ants bite,,,,,,,,,,,,


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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

this appears really pretty, however tatoos are painful to be made


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Wow, it always stuns me how detailed most of them are!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, very beautiful and awesome tattoos, loved all the beautiful photos has well ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thanks for all your comments. For some, tattoos are painful. For others, it barely hurts. Just depends on the type of person you are. Thanks for your time and comments all. Take care.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Amazing tattoos. Another great job Ricky.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, appreciate the visit and encouragement. Glad you liked them dear friend. Have a good one.


Anthony 2 years ago

Tattoos. Rosary


Anthony 2 years ago

Rosary. Tattoos

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